Iniobong Afia, Ph.D.
Chief Science Officer, CannaSafe

Ini Afia is currently the Chief Science Officer at CannaSafe as well as the Principal at Cannsultation, a boutique cannabis analytical laboratory consulting firm. He earned his M.S. and B.S. at the renowned University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ini draws on more than 17 years of leadership experience in the microbiological and analytical chemistry fields, and his work spans across the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and cannabis industries. Ini’s work has been instrumental in the cannabis analytical space, having successfully set up multiple labs with best-in-class methodology, processes, and technology.

Ini joined the cannabis industry, as a Lab Director in Las Vegas, NV in late 2014, and was instrumental in setting up the lab from the ground up, including instrument installations, developing analytical methods, validation, writing Standard Operating Procedures, and Track-and-Trace

implementation. As the first state to institute extensive and rigorous analytical testing on cannabis to include pesticides, microbials, potency, terpenes, heavy metals, solvents, and mycotoxins, Nevada allowed for the initial wealth of experience that Ini has garnered in the cannabis analytical space.

Ini’s initial work led to the successful method validation of mycotoxins on cannabis in collaboration with Romer Labs, along with extensive involvement in the method development processes of major analytical instrument manufacturers. His research work includes the analysis of heavy metal contaminants from vaporizer smoke and methods to identify intoxicants in illicit products, among others. In 2018, he co- authored the publication, “Terpenoid Chemoprofiles Distinguish Drug-type Cannabis sativa L. Cultivars in Nevada.” In 2020, he co-founded ‘Cannsultation’ to fill the great void left in the analytical laboratory space by adding best-in-class practices, efficiency, and integrity to his clients across the country. Ini is also a member of the ASTM D37 Technical Committee on Cannabis, a Scientific Committee member of the CannMed Conferences, a Scientific Advisory Board Member of Analytical Cannabis, and an Advisory Board Member of UC Riverside Extension Professional Studies.

Iniobong Afia, Ph.D.
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